I know I’ve been gone for awhile again but I am trying really hard to come back and make this a regular thing!
Right now I feel a little bit like Charlie Brown or Cindy Lou Who. I am trying to remember the true meaning of Christmas and trying to figure out where Christmas went.
First and foremost, Christmas is about the birth of Jesus Christ. I think a lot of us have forgotten this along the way and failed to pass it on to our kids. I would love to know how many children out there know that Christmas wasn’t always about Santa and getting presents. I know my four-year-old probably doesn’t and that is my failure as a mother. But you better believe that will be changing. I don’t want my kids growing up thinking it is all about the presents they get or the amount of money that is spent on them. I want them to be grateful for what they have and to understand there are less fortunate people out there.
What really bothers me is the giving just to give. Why give a gift to someone who really doesn’t need anything else just to say you gave them a gift? Couldn’t that money be put to better use? Like buying a warm blanket for a homeless person or even just a cup of warm coffee or a hot meal. What about donating to a family that has recently lost everything? I know a lot of families were affected by the fires in Gatlinburg. They don’t even have homes to go back to let alone a Christmas tree with presents tucked underneath.
My kids will be getting more than enough from Santa. Honestly, they already have more than enough. I have no idea where to go with the new stuff they will get. I know the grandparents will be giving them even more. So do they really need another gift from their aunts and uncles? NO! I don’t need any more stuff in my house and my kids need to understand that their aunts and uncles love them even though they don’t give them a gift. I want my kids to grow up to be like the girl who gave her Hatchimal to charity. That girl gets it!
So I encourage you to think about the gifts you are giving. If you are giving your uncle that fancy sweater that he will never wear just because you feel the need to get a gift for everyone please stop and think about the families out there that are struggling just to put food on the table. Your uncle should understand if you decide to give that money to charity instead and if he doesn’t then shame on him. And if you really feel the need to give a gift to everyone consider making something out of materials you already have around the house. I am sure there are probably a million ideas on Pinterest! It should never be about the money you spend. IT’S THE THOUGHT THAT COUNTS!
Questions for you:
- How does your family handle gift giving? Is there a budget? Do you buy for everyone or do you do a Secret Santa exchange?
- Does your family expect you to buy something for every single person?
- Do you give to charity in lieu of gifts?